Kristi Noem and Mitt Romney disagree. South Dakota's Congresswoman joined 17 House freshmen at the end of June in calling for an extension of the production tax credit that boosts development of wind power. (Once again, Rep. Noem appears to have gone to Washington to talk, not get anything done: HR 3307, the PTC-extension bill she asked Speaker Boehner to bring to the floor in her June letter, hasn't moved.)
Campaign aides confirmed that Romney wants the quick demise of the credits, which will lapse in less than six months absent congressional action, ending uncertainty about how he wants to phase out the credits.
â€œHe will allow the wind credit to expire, end the stimulus boondoggles, and create a level playing field on which all sources of energy can compete on their merits,â€ Shawn McCoy, a spokesman for Romneyâ€™s Iowa campaign, said in aÂ statement toÂ The Des Moines Register.
â€œWind energy will thrive wherever it is economically competitive, and wherever private sector competitors with far more experience than the president believe the investment will produce results,â€ McCoy said [Ben Geman, "Romney Campaign: Let Wind Energy Credit Die This Year," The Hill: E2 Wire, 2012.07.30].
Noem's support for anything other than oil places her at odds not just with the corporate figurehead of the GOP, but the arch-conservative Big-Oil funders thereof. The Koch brothers and their "American Energy Alliance" front group are running ads criticizing Noem and other farm-state reps for supporting "wasteful energy subsidies" in the House farm bill.
So I'm still wondering: on energy, agriculture, and everything else, is Kristi Noem really a conservative? Or does she just go whichever way the wind blows her?